Dear Fox Class
I came back to school this week, along with Mrs Robinson. We have been working in the Otter Classroom with some Year 3s, 4s and 5s, including two of our very own Year 5s!
It's been really lovely to be doing some of the daily activities we used to together like Fluent in 5, 60 second read and we've started When the Mountains Roared again from the beginning which was the new story from Skye which we had just begun.
Every day, we have lunch in the shady area near the car-park, so if you wanted to give us a wave then it would be lovely to see you. I really have missed our time together so much although it has been nice to see my boys more. I'll attach a picture of Ollie who went back to school on Monday in his summer uniform. Don't laugh too much at his haircut. Guess who did it???!!!
Catching up with Mrs Lait
I can't believe we're on Week 2 at home already! I just thought I'd share what we've been doing in the Lait household as I know how much you love hearing about the boys.
The boys have all made a rainbow picture for their bedroom windows. Freddie did his with hand prints but got more paint on his face, tongue and in his hair than on the paper! Have you made a rainbow picture in your house? The boys love spotting them when we walk around our village.
We've been doing lots of cooking. I took some pears home from the classroom and we made a pear sponge. Luckily I went upstairs to check what our classroom looked like and thought I better take the spare fruit home. Imagine if we came back to lots of mouldy fruit in our classroom! We've also made banana muffins to use up the brown bananas. It made me think about when we did the Rainforest baking in the art room. Those biscuits were tasty! Maybe you could have another go at making some of those again.
On the sunny days, we were outside a lot. I edged round the garden and the boys collected up the tufts of grass for the green bin. The neighbour next door has kindly given us some seeds so we've dug over a bare patch of soil to plant them in. Have you managed to plant any bulbs or seeds to watch grow over the next few months?
Ollie and I have been doing the Joe Wicks exercise routines. You would laugh if you saw Freddie thinking the plank is for crawling under bridges. Sam gets a bit cross as he prefers Postman Pat to Joe Wicks.
Ollie is keeping a diary of his time at home, or the 'Coronavirus holiday' as some of you put in your cards to me. He's been doing some 'My Maths' every day, Rockstars (like you) and writing sentences. I think he needs your expert knowledge of conjunctions (FANBOYS or AWHITEBUS) though as his sentences are a bit short. He also keeps starting every sentence with I... and we all know how to start our sentences in different ways using ISPACE.
We've started doing a bit of French learning too. So far, he has learnt where France is, the colours of the French flag and how to say 'How are you?' and appropriate responses in French. I challenge you to find out those phrases.
I really miss being with your all, doing our daily routine of learning and not being able to read an end of the day story to you. I was really looking forward to investigating more about the water wheels too. Hopefully it won't be long before we are all back together, sharing what we have been doing in our homes. Please take care and I hope to see you soon.
Best wishes from Mrs Lait and the boys x
Week 2 of home learning
While school is closed, we will post a weekly activity grid on here full of tasks for you to select from. Please do send in pictures to our facebook page or ask us questions via facebook messenger. We are here to support you.
My Maths - Week 1
I have just had a look to see how you have been getting on with the My Maths activities. I'm very impressed with the amount of 100% scores. Well done to those of you who have logged in. Mrs Lait
Welcome to Fox's Class page
Welcome to the Fox Class Page where you can find out about all the amazing learning and fun activities that will be doing this year.
Don't forget to check our Facebook page and Class Dojo for daily updates on the children's work.
Throughout the year, Foxes will be taught by;
Mrs Lait and Mrs Hill
We are always very happy to talk to parents but if you need more than just a quick chat, please arrange a time to meet when the teachers are not busy with the children and they can give you their undivided attention.
Ancient Greek Mythological Monster Debate
This week Fox Class have been debating! We held a whole class debate based on who we believed was the most monstrous mythological monster. We used debate language and vocabulary techniques to contrast and compare our points to our opponents. It was really fun and we all showed excellent self control waiting for the opposing teams to finished their persuasive argument before taking our turn to persuade Mr Eldred that our chosen monster was the most terrifying.
Greek Mythological Monsters Fact Files
This week Fox Class have been researching the Greek Gods with Miss Hosmer's Year 5's. We have created wonderful fact files with lots of information about how monstrous they were! The Greeks believed in mythical creatures such as centaurs (half human, half horse) and Cyclopes (monsters with only one eye). These would often show up in mythology too.
As part of our Ancient Greece Topic Mr Mason is taking groups to cook some Greek dishes as part of our Design Technology lessons. Once the group has prepared and cooked the dish we all get to try it, YUM!
This week Mr Mason made Souvalaki. They were absolutely delicious and everyone really enjoyed them whilst we listened to our class story at the end of the day.
Thank you to Mr Mason for making D.T so much fun! We can't wait to find out what other Greek dishes we'll be cooking!
Meeting the Fox Cub
Last week we got to meet our class Mascot, a baby Fox! Thanks to Mr O'Dell for bringing him and letting us meet and stroke him. We got to learn lots of amazing facts about Foxes and really enjoyed asking questions about them and developing our curiosity (this weeks character muscle).
Spartan Warrior Visit
Today Leonidas the Spartan Warrior came in to answer our questions all about being a hoplite (a soldier for the Greek Army)! We came up with lots of interview questions to ask him, particularly focusing on his childhood when he was taken into the army at the age of 7! Leonidas was very impressed with our curiosity (a character muscle we have been working on this week) and answered all of our questions ready for our diary writing later in the week. We all decided that being a child warrior in Ancient Greece was not as fun as it sounded!
Thank you Leonidas for visiting us!
As part of our Space Topic we investigated which materials would offer the best protection for an object being dropped from a significant height. We each chose a material to protect our egg and wrapped it in this before putting it in our parachute. To make the investigation a fair test we dropped our eggs from the same height after a countdown (which was really fun to do)! We then collected our eggs to see the evidence. Once we had recorded this in a table it was clear to see that bubble wrap was the most successful material as the egg inside it had no cracks!
Easter Egg Decorating
Today (5.4.19) we took part in the schools Easter egg decorating competition. We each decorated a hard boiled egg with lots of different colourful resources. It was lots of fun being creative and we worked really well as a team!
Fox class have been going to Oakham School for swimming every Thursday. We have been going for a term and have learnt lots of new skills. This week was our last lesson so our two swimming teachers (who are very good at teaching) let us have a fun session for half of the lesson!
By Noah O’Dell
Over the course of this term we have learnt many things at swimming and have done a great job persevering in the water.Because of this we were allowed a fun swim session on Thursday!Everyone was allowed to play with their friends and use the floats in the water! Megan Isabel, Scarlet, Noah and I jumped in the deep end! We felt amazing afterwards because it was the first time some of us had ever done that!
By Madison Threlfall
This week (18.3.19) we have been writing our own Science Fiction narrative. Take a look at Jonathan's second page below!
We have learnt that coding is what makes computer software,apps and websites work! Behind every animation or activity we use on computers, there is a set of instructions which tell the computer what to do. We now know that just like any instructions,coding has to be clear and straightforward.
Here we are coding on the iPad's! Some of us even made our own interactive games by putting in a code.
World Book Day
On the 7th March 2019 we turned our classroom in to Starbooks. We read our favourite books and had juice and biscuits like we would in a real coffee shop. Miss Jackson, Mr Mason and some of our parents came in to hear us read! It was amazing!
Bible Studies Workshop
Fox and Badger class went to a Bible Studies workshop as part of our RE topic. We listened to some stories before taking part in 3 activities; Dressing up, food tasting and a quiz. It was so much fun!
Religious studies- Eid
In RE we've been learning about Eid. Eid is the festival at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the month of fasting when Muslims give up eating and drinking during the day.
We designed and created our own packaging and made coconut truffles which are a brilliant energy boosting treat eaten at Eid. It was lots of fun and they smelt really yummy in the kitchen!
STEM- Shape Investigation
In STEM we created our own shapes using bottle tops to investigate and learn about the wonderful world of geometry. We had to try and make a shape with as many sides as possible and discover how many different shapes we could make using right angles.
Here we are having lots of fun!
STEM- Rocket Mice
Here are some action shots from our fun STEM Friday rocket fox activity! We had so much fun seeing who's fox could leap the highest!
The science behind it: Fox class know that the bottle used as the rocket launcher was not really empty: there was air inside it. We knew that air is elastic (squashy), and discovered that when you compress it, it pushes back and the pressure inside increases. In the activity, we found that the sudden increase in air pressure inside the bottle pushes hard on the bottom of the rocket, sending it flying high into the air. There were also two other forces acting on the rocket: air resistance and gravity!
On Monday 10th December we learnt all about Christingle. Christingles are made up of different parts, each one being thereto remind us of something. It was really fun making our own. Here we are having lots of fun!